Sunday December 8 2019
Montella: 'I have confidence'

Vincenzo Montella tried to look at the positive side after Fiorentina lost to Torino and shrugged off sack talk. “I have confidence we can turn it around.”

It was a fourth consecutive Serie A defeat for the Viola, who fell 2-1 at Torino with only a stoppage-time Martin Caceres consolation goal.

“I thought the team played very well in the second half and ultimately deserved a point out of it,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We weren’t aggressive enough and seemed tense in the first half, which is not good enough, but there was a much better reaction. We had many, many chances in order to finally score a goal, with a defender who showed determination to get on the end of it.

“So we leave this game with anger that we dropped points, but also reassured by the second half performance.”

President Rocco Commisso was in the stands, and when asked what would happy to Montella, the patron simply shrugged.

“We haven’t seen him yet. We are here, I don’t know if he’ll return with the squad on the train. I can only imagine he is upset, as he is not accustomed to losing in life, so it’s a delicate time for him too.

“I feel the club has faith, but obviously it’s a delicate moment, the team has to play at a certain level for 90-95 minutes.

“Our objectives were clear at the start, we needed patience and I have that. I accept criticism, something I’ve become an expert at.

“We created about 10 scoring opportunities against Lecce, once again three or four today. It’s just one of those moments, the lads are also feeling the tension, but fortunately there are glimpses of positivity and I am ready to help the lads grow together.”

Montella was asked how he felt about the on-going stories of Gennaro Gattuso being lined up as his replacement.

“Rumours are part of the job, I am accustomed to it. There are coaches who were fired with fewer defeats than this, others who were kept in the job with longer negative streaks.

“As far as I am concerned, I have confidence we can turn it around, as I saw once again a decent performance against a very good team that qualified for the Europa League places last season.”

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